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Cicadas, Teachable Moments, and Great Memories

The other day, my son and I were busy cleaning up some branches we had clipped from the bushes. As I was trudging through the heat, I suddenly realized he wasn’t working anymore. I was getting more than a little irritated when I heard him say, “Hey, Mom. Come look at this.” After the crazy-busy year we had this past year, I’ve learned to

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Firefly Unit Study

You know it’s finally summer when you see fireflies start to light up the night. Every year, my kids (no matter how old) still try to catch them, always being careful and letting them go again. Here are a few fun facts about fireflies: Fireflies are actually beetles. There are about 2,000 species of fireflies. Each species has a unique flash pattern. Fireflies only live for

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Learning Through the Junior Ranger Program

Learning Through the Junior Ranger Program Recently, we visited the Carl Sandburg House, where author and poet Carl Sandburg lived with his family during the last 20 years of his life. When he passed away, his wife Lilian wanted to preserve his legacy; his home became part of a national park. Now when visitors tour the home, kids (of all ages) can also join

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Your Teaching Style – Choosing Homeschooling Curriculum

While it’s important to consider your child’s learning style, it’s just as important to determine your own teaching style. What method suits you best as you educate your child at home? Do you like everything planned out ahead of time? Some curricula provide the exact words to say to your student as you go through the lesson. Does that kind of detail bring a

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Studying Snakes

Studying Snakes The other day, as my husband was heading out the door, he had an unusual surprise awaiting him. Right behind the car was a huge black snake. We didn’t take out a measuring tape, but I would estimate the snake was at least four to five feet long. Our dog began barking at it, and the snake curled up in a strike

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Teaching Subjects You Don’t Know How to Teach

Teaching Subjects You Don’t Know How to Teach Sometimes when I meet others, and they find out we homeschool, they say, “I’m so impressed! I could never homeschool my children. “ It’s usually at that time that I confess that I often don’t feel like I’m very good at it, even after 13 years. That’s when eyebrows go up in surprise, and I know

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Studying the Planets

The other night, my youngest and I were heading home from a karate lesson. As we walked outside, we could see the moon and a bright planet in the sky. I asked him which one he thought it was, and he made a few guesses. I explained to him that it was Venus, which then led to a discussion about Mercury, Mars, and the

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The Perfect Pet

There’s a new picture book out this fall – and I wrote and illustrated it! It’s published by Sylvan Dell Publishing, a company that combines math or science with a great story. In The Perfect Pet, a child uses animal classification to choose just the right pet. The story begins when Mom says “yes!” to a pet. To help him decide, the child starts

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Fun with Fall Activities

Fall is my favorite time of year. But because it’s the start of the school year, it usually flies by in the flurry of schoolwork, lessons, and appointments, and I feel as if we’ve missed it. So this fall, we’re making a point to enjoy the season.  Here are some ideas for fall activities to help your family enjoy the season too. Fall Harvest

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Seahorse Unit Study

We’ve been studying different sea creatures lately, and another amazing animal we’ve been learning about are seahorses. Who knew these tiny animals were so incredibly fascinating? There was so much to learn, in fact, that we developed a seahorse unit study. About Seahorses Here are just a few of the interesting facts about seahorses. The largest seahorse (the Pot-bellied Seahorse) is just over a

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